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Thursday, December 18, 2014

#ThankAVeteran with #KatysGoodness Cookies for Christmas

I'm a big supporter of the American military. The sacrifices they make on our behalf are astounding, and the combined knowledge, service and heart of these men and women are incredible.  A lot of you might be surprised to learn that I'm also a card-carrying member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (or DAR, for short). One of our missions is to provide goods, services and funds to both active military and retired veterans all year round.  When the holidays come around, one of my favorite parts of the season is to send Christmas cards to the Veterans hospital and care packages to those in service.  (I've even been a penpal to several service members, and that is an awesome project!!)  As much as I love to help those far away, there are also vets and active military that need our support stateside.  Like my brother!
#katysgoodness #thankaveteran
Having served in the Coast Guard for over 8 years, my brother Tyler has been stationed in various locations with hardship pay, specialized training, and lots of travel and rescue. He's pretty much the awesomest at protecting our Gulf Coast. :)  Along from Tyler, my family has WWII veterans and a slew of Civil War and Revolutionary ancestors, too.  I'm proud of all of them.  This Christmas, I'm planning to send some vets a care package from Katy's Goodness Cookies.  These fresh cookies are made with GMO free wheat and only ingredients you can pronounce (I'm a big fan of that!) and come in lots of different flavors like chocolate chunk, chocolate hazelnut, chocolate peanut butter and country fruit with cashew butter.  I had a chance to munch on a few an entire bag of them, and I have a feeling Santa will be served a couple of these, too!
Serve Santa milk and cookies from Katy's Goodness

Send Katy's Goodness cookies to a veteran this Christmas. #ThankAVeteran
The cookie care packages are part of the #KatysGoodness campaign, "Thank a Deserving Military Veteran."  This initiative will deliver care packages to two million military veterans and donate 3 million dollars to veteran support organizations like Easter Seals and Warriors in the Workplace. The campaign represents the brand’s latest initiative to support American military veterans’ issues and organizations. A cookie care box costs a flat fee of $30 (shipping included) and contains 6 packages of Katy’s Goodness Cookies, a thank you card, and information on organizations that support America’s military veterans with housing, jobs, education, and medical/mental health services. Katy’s Goodness automatically ships the package to a military veteran on behalf of the you, the purchaser and is sent anonymously and unannounced. As the holidays draw nearer, this is the perfect way to give generously to our veterans and active military, who do so very much for us.

#ThankaVeteran with Katy's Goodness Care Packages
 So many of our veterans and active military need a Christmas wish and a warm thought.  If you haven't yet found a charitable project this season, please visit Katy's Goodness to order a care package to #ThankaVeteran, and learn even more about the Thank A Deserving Military Veteran campaign at:
#ThankaVeteran with Katy's Goodness Care Packages

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Carter's Pajama Program Drive for 1 Million Good Nights

How many pairs of pajamas do you have? How many pairs do your kids have?  Although Red has grown out of most of his sets from last year, we still have enough to wear and do laundry at the same time.  Our overnights are always warm and toasty.  But I can't say the same for many homeless children right here in Atlanta.  Did you know that the average age of a homeless person is only NINE years old? That's a staggering statistic to me.  Starting in December and leading into the winter is the the coldest, most difficult time for these kids.   Many have been abused, abandoned or neglected, living in group homes, shelters or temporary housing without adequate heat.  This means bedtime can be a scary time, when the simple gift of a warm pair of pajamas goes a long way.

For the fifth year in a row, Atlanta-based Carter’s is proud to partner with the Pajama Program’s “One Million Good Nights” campaign, setting up pajama donation bins in all of the Carter’s stores throughout Atlanta.  These “One Million Good Nights” bins aim to collect 100,000 pairs of pajamas for Atlanta children by December 31st.  Every child deserves to sleep in their own pjs every night! 
Check out these facts shared by Carters and the Pajama Program:
·   1 in 5 American children live in poverty – a higher rate than any other developed country except for Romania. (2013)
·   The average age of a homeless person in the United States is 9 years old. (via Open Door Mission)
·    Each year, over 800,000 children and youth in the United States experience homelessness. (Source: U.S. Dept. of Education)
·   More than 16 million children in the United States – 22% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level. (Source: National Center for Children in Poverty)
·  More than 3.5 million people are homeless every night, and 1.35 million are children. (Source: National Coalition for the Homeless)

Carter’s will be supporting Pajama Program’s "One Million Good Nights" campaign through in-store donation bins.  If you are near a store, please think about donating a new pair of PJs to these kids.  You can donate through December 31, 2014 at any of the Carter’s stores in the Atlanta area.  For more information,

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The Ultimate Cold & Cough Guide for Babies & Toddlers

Tis the season for sniffles, coughs, fevers and flus. If you or your littles have a touch of the creeping crud, try some of these remedies to help them feel better.  From honey pops to tame fiery throats to a simple vapor bath to help stuffy noses, colds and coughs don't stand a chance!  Please keep in mind that while I'm not a doctor, these treatments have helped Red and I feel better faster and alleviate his symptoms.  Affiliate links are used here, so if you make a purchase after clicking, you're supporting me and the blog.  So, Thank you!
At the first sign of a runny nose, I start using Boogie Wipes.  At first, I didn't want to buy them because I thought they were no different from a baby wipe. And I was WRONG. These softer, grippier, saline filled wipes are tough on boogies and soft on noses. The saline continues to clear nasal passages. 

If boogers and snot are a problem, Nosefrida them away! This very cool, really strange tool lets you extract all the goo with none of the gross.  Really awesome for little kids that can't blow their noses. 

At night before bed, there are several things I do to help Red sleep better.  After a warm bath with bubbles from Vapor Bath, he starts to breath better.  Next, I add some saline spray to each nostril to prep for overnight, as well as layering some Vicks Rub under his socks.  This allows the vapors to be present, but it's not touchable or too strong around his nasal passages.  I give Red a dose of Dye Free Children's Acetaminophen if he's had a fever or other aches, and lastly, I set up a Germ Free, No Filter Humidifier in his room to run overnight.  It's magical for breathing!

Red is old enough for a small pillow in his bed to keep his head elevated (to avoid drainage collecting and giving him a sore throat, but if your little can't yet have anything like that, put a hardcover book under one end of the mattress to give it some lift and create a gentle angle for sleep.  
If your child's booger ever turn green, it's time for a visit to the doctor! That can indicate a sinus infection or something else.  Our pediatrician's office has a nurse's line, too, that provides free advice, solutions and helps to decide if it's time to come in.  Occasionally, a cold has turned into bronchiolitis, and a nebulizer treatment is prescribed for coughs and to get the infection under control.  

Need some more help? Try an air purifier to clean your child's room air continuously and kill off those germs.  Pedialyte pops are a great way to get fluid back into your kids if they are having trouble keeping down food, and a tasteless probiotic like culturelle can calm down irritable tummies and bowels when diarrhea strikes.  

A treat like natural honey suckers can be easy to digest and a more homeopathic remedy to soothe fiery or sore throats.  Lastly (or first, if you sense a fever is your main culprit!!), grab a digital thermometer that's accurate. You'll get what you pay for in most cases, and I would recommend a forehead scanning thermometer.  Those that are no-touch or behind the ear (in my experience) have absolutely rotten results with no consistency.  Not what I need when my kid doesn't feel well! 

What makes your kids feel better when they are sick? 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Red's visit with Santa 2014

Yesterday marked our annual trek to see The Big Guy.  It took me a little while to snag an appointment that worked with our schedule, but despite pulling Red from school and missing a nap, it worked!  Red has never been afraid of any seasonal character... Easter Bunny, Santa, or  even strangers (which is a great and also very scary thing).  He was right at home talking to Santa and telling him that he wanted "a prize" for Christmas.  "What kind of prize?", Santa asks.  "A prize for me" Red detailed softly, which makes these Xmas elves very happy with their easy job.  
 The cute outfit is a Lands End embroidered pant (bulldogs, of course!) with white button up and cream sweater vest to match the bulldogs.  I'm just happy that our old buck shoes from Easter still fit so we didn't have to wear junky sneakers in the picture.  I'm sure Mom would be happy about that, too.  And gah-lleeee, isn't that Santa the most beautiful one you've ever seen? Perfect hair curls, a complexion that would make Snow White jealous and velvet pants.  Gorgeous.
 And someone spotted me to the side taking photos and shot some sweet smiles in my direction.  Stealthy little guy. If he would only pay that kind of attention at school, we'd be golden!
Have you and your kids started your Christmas traditions yet?

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mommy & Me Catchup

Holy cow... we're in December.  That's unreal. I haven't ordered Christmas cards (much less taken the pictures), only half the Christmas presents are purchased, no holiday baking or teachers gifts secured.  And even though the calendar says it's "only" December 8th, it's a dirty, rotten liar. Christmas will be here in what seems like a week, and I have so much left to do!  

But December isn't the only thing that's flying by. The whole fall season snuck by, and I'm left with so many unshared photos of what we did! Red had his first UGA home game (outside of the belly....) and he absolutely loved it.  Complete with a bag of popcorn, he stuffed himself with snacks and feasted his eyes on the "The GEORGIA football" with Daddy and me.  We left at halftime to give Red a break (and UGA was creaming the competition) and headed for hot dogs at the Varsity, an Atlanta and Athens staple.  

 When Thanksgiving rolled around, a few of us were feeling pretty sick, but we soldiered on in the name of broccoli casserole (I totally didn't get enough... I might have to make one for dinner just because!) and visiting family.  Our trip with cousins to the Zoo to see all the Christmas lights left Red elated for the weekend, and only resulted in a minor tantrum when it was time to leave all the lights and foamy snow.  
 Our first visit of the year with "Santy Claus" was fun, with all the cousins piled in for a shot. I really missed my brother not being able to make it up from Florida, but he's stationed with the Coast Guard down there protecting us all.  Thank you, Tyler!  Our other cousin, Drew, had just driven in for Thanksgiving at the 11th hour due to work, so he didn't make it to the Zoo either.
On second thought, maybe I can just PUT them in the photo.  There. Flawless photoshopping. I don't know what ya'll are talking about. I should be hired by the tabloids ;)  Haha! But as the season marches on, I'm trying to keep up and have some fun. Any ideas for cheap and easy Christmas activities that your family loves? I'm all ears!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Melting Pot Atlanta Dinner & Fox Theatre Nutcracker Show Package

Cheese Dip. Melted Chocolate.  Veggies and Green Goddess Dressing like only The Melting Pot Atlanta can serve.  Forget snowflakes that fall on my nose and eyelashes; these are some of my favorite things! I love getting gussied up and heading out with Chase to our own snuggly booth to drown ourselves in cheese dip and chocolate fondue. We've even been known to celebrate my birthday there a few times!  

And speaking of celebrating, it's Christmas!  For my family, Xmas means tons of lights, holiday radio stations blasting, and yummy treats to nibble on.  I've been doing my share of cooking and eating since Thanksgiving passed, and since I obviously need to don my stretchy pants this season, here's looking at you Melting Pot Atlanta.  I'm taking you up on your new offer for Fondue and a Show! Being a theater lover (and employee....) how can I not?

 If you're looking for a date night, family outing or girls night out, they are offering amazing dinner-and-show packages including a 3-course fondue experience and only the best seats at the Fox Theatre! Space is limited, so book quickly to celebrate your holiday season.  The Nutcracker and Fondue Dinner Package includes a 3-course dinner immediately following the show on Sunday, 12/14/14 and seating within the first 15 rows of the Orchestra section for $115 per person (does not include beverages or gratuity).   Check out the show menu below:
Fondue and a Show from Melting Pot Atlanta and Fox Theatre Nutcracker
First Course - Cheese Fondue
Our creamy cheese fondue to share. Your choice of:
Classic Cheddar • Traditional Swiss • Spinach Artichoke • Fiesta Cheddar • Wisconsin Trio

Second Course - Entrée
Filet Mignon, Shrimp, Teriyaki-Marinated Sirloin, Boneless Breast of Chicken and Fresh Fish. Accompanied by homemade dipping sauces and an array of fresh vegetables. Court Bouillon cooking style included.

Third Course - Chocolate Fondue
The perfect ending to this evening’s culinary journey! Share your choice of any one of our luscious chocolate fondue desserts served with a variety of fresh fruits and cakes.

Click Here to Purchase your Dinner and Show Tickets and if you'd like to receive email notifications of upcoming Dinner and Show packages, join Club Fondue today!
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